As many of you know, we are huge fans of the highly regarded New York Times blog, The New Old Age. One of the blog’s creators, Jane Gross, recently published The Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents and Ourselves.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was actually reading Jane’s book just three nights ago (during my ritual “last hour of the day” bedtime reading), and was thrilled to see NASMM listed in the back as a valuable resource for older adults and families. (Jane’s mom, Estelle, moved more than once during the course of the book.) A passage I was reading called to mind our senior move managers:
“These were among my early lessons in how hard it is to be old, how long everything takes, how much some of it hurts, and how a loving caregiver must stop moving at the warp speed of a New York minute and adapt to the pace of someone who is disabled, making it look natural and effortless.”
As a Pulitzer-nominated journalist, Jane developed her expertise on caregiving and aging not just professionally, but also by caring for her Mom during the last decade of Estelle’s life. Jane shares her most challenging and joyful moments, as well as unexpected insights about “becoming my mother’s mother” to learning how to coordinate caregiving responsibilities with her brother. If you have a few moments, it’s worth the time to listen to Krista Tippett’s American Public Media radio interview with Jane Gross.
Thanks to my sister, Ellen, for finding and forwarding the podcast
for this week’s One Friday Morning.